Mini Patriotic Luminaries

July 3, 2014

I’ll fully admit that I am a procrastinator. So, the fact that I was making some festive patriotic decorations the day before the 4th of July should not be surprising. Honestly, I wish I had made these little gems much earlier, so I could display them longer. Oh, who am I kidding? I live in America and […]

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Fresh Stone Fruit from Walmart makes great Summer Treats

July 2, 2014

My kids and I love fresh peaches, nectarines, and plums; the juicy stone fruit doesn’t last long around here. So, when Walmart asked me to highlight their stone fruit and the 100% freshness guarantee, I jumped on the opportunity. I think my kids were just as excited as I was. In fact, I had to […]

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Building a Marriage that Lasts a Lifetime (from a not-so-perfect wife)

June 26, 2014

I remember my Grandmother telling me before my wedding, and just after she and my Grandfather celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, that I did not yet know true love. She explained that making it through hard times together would intensify my love for Ray, but ultimately loving him would be a daily choice. I couldn’t imagine then that […]

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Archery: My New Favorite Pastime

June 22, 2014

I’ve shot guns since I was young. In fact, I bought my very first gun – a .22 rifle – when I was a teenager. My siblings and I would practice target shooting with my parents when we would hike through our property. But, I never imagined I’d take up archery. I certainly was never opposed […]

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projectSunlight :: The Way Kids See It #brightfuture

June 19, 2014

How are you and your kids making a difference in our world? In your community? For your future? It doesn’t take much to make a big difference. Unilever has recognized that we can make a big difference in our world by coming together to do small actions every day that make a real difference. We […]

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Large Families :: Caregiving

June 13, 2014

Please welcome my good friend, Elizabeth Norton. She has some great tips to share with you today… Until I met Christine, I would have figured I came from a big family. In reality, I am only the oldest of 4. I am not in the season of my parents needing my help, but I know […]

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Keeping the Kids Busy this Summer with Homemade {Play}Dough

June 10, 2014

Summertime can be a challenging season in which to keep the kiddos busy. It gets quite toasty here in Texas and there is only so much sun and swimming a mama can handle, so when the kiddos come in hot and tired it’s difficult to keep the TV and other electronics to a minimum. Reading […]

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Summer Beauty Essentials

June 8, 2014

This time of year means many outdoor activities for a busy mom like me. Swimming, camping, hiking, afternoons at the water park, and picnics at the lake. No matter what we have planned, we know that it will involve lots of sun exposure. Lots of sun exposure means less makeup and more sunscreen. But, that certainly doesn’t mean you […]

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Strong and Courageous

May 20, 2014

My good friend Marti articulated wonderfully some of our feelings through our recent trials. I couldn’t have expressed any of this better myself, and I’m so happy she agreed to let me share these thoughts with y’all. In church on Sunday, I had a lot of thoughts coming to me based on the message through scripture. Through all of […]

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We want you to know…

May 9, 2014

First of all, I have had to close comments on all posts regarding the girls’ harassment, due to some very ugly people. Understand that we appreciate the support, but we’ve endured enough negativity and hatred to last several lifetimes. Now, please know that it has never been our intention to “bully” Jaide by sharing our […]

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Cyber-Bully Turned Stalker

May 9, 2014

Our cyber-bully turned to Twitter the other day and set up an account under the username @jaideycat23. She then sent out a series of tweets that made it clear she was following our every step, saying we were not safe and they had guns. We did succeed in getting the account shut down, but not […]

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How Cyber-Bullying Has Changed Our Lives

May 5, 2014

I’ve never been one to throw around the word bully. I believe it is quite dangerous to call any one a bully without understanding the true definition and the consequences of the label. So, let’s start there. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the title bully as “a noisy, blustering, overbearing fellow, more distinguised for insolence and […]

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Entertaining with Aladdin

April 14, 2014

I love a good party, and everyone who knows me knows this is true. Lately, however, the pressure of achieving entertaining perfection makes cuddling up with my kiddos and hubby to watch a good movie sound like the better choice! This is where the Aladdin Mason Entertaining Collection comes in incredibly handy for at least […]

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#Disconnect2Reconnect :: Unplugging at the Table

March 27, 2014

Do you ever feel like technology and online social networks are taking over, robbing you of precious time with your spouse and kids? Even though being online is our livlihood, it also tends to suck the very life out of our family, on occasion. But it doesn’t have to be that way, which is why […]

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Spring Wardrobe Staples at Walmart

March 22, 2014

To be honest, Walmart isn’t the first place that comes to mind when planning a shopping trip to find clothing for myself. I’m one who loves to find fashionable items at small boutique shops, and I tend to look for items that are fresh and different. BUT, when shopping for wardrobe staples, Walmart IS my […]

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Cruisin’ on Royal Carribean #SeasTheDay

March 21, 2014

I am blessed with some amazing blogging friends, experiences, and opportunities. A few years ago, Ray and I went to New Orleans on one of the very first Brandcations – #BOBNOLA. While I had a great time, I was 7 months pregnant and it was oh-so-hot and sticky. I am very much looking forward to […]

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Letting Go

February 25, 2014

It’s incredible, this parenting gig, right from the start. Flitters of movement, seeing my precious babies for the first time, giggling and cooing, cuddling and snuggling, silly faces and goofy grins. Having heart to heart conversations late at night, hearing “mama” from my three year old right on up to my 13 year old, being a […]

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Read Across America with Dr. Seuss

February 23, 2014

Dr. Seuss books are some of my all-time favorites. In fact, if I remember correctly, Hop on Pop and Green Eggs and Ham were among the very first books I ever read all by myself. When Ray graduated from UCLA, his aunt gave him Oh, the Places You’ll Go! with a beautiful sentiment written inside. […]

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I Have Not the Patience to be Crafty

February 13, 2014

I have a confession. I am not crafty. No, that’s not true. I could be, if I wanted to be. But, I really don’t want to be. Actually, I do want to be crafty and make all of these cute hand-made gifts around this time of year (and at Christmas… and Easter… and well, any […]

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Look At That Smile! {what Invisalign can do for a teen’s confidence level}

February 12, 2014

Ethan and Zach officially began their Invisalign treatment last April when they had their very first scans done. We were told they would need to wear the aligners for 18 months, and we were all anxious to see the results. Little did we know how quickly we would see a difference. Not only did we […]

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A Real Look at an Afternoon Outing

February 10, 2014

Yesterday was one of those days in the Texas hill country that made me think that Spring was on it’s way. With temperatures in the low 70s, it was a perfect day for soaking in some sunshine. So, after church we drove down to Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. It’s looks like we had […]

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Benefits of Grapefruit and Lemon Essential Oils

February 7, 2014

Every time I open Facebook, I see another friend mention that they or their children are sick. It just makes my heart hurt to see people I know and love sick and miserable. While we’ve certainly been there – there is no magic cure, after all – we have been doing lots to build our […]

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